Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country.
New Jersey prepares to celebrate Juneteenth, NYC parents left frustrated by summer school denials, six national parks and beaches ban alcohol in Connecticut, Carnival cruise lines refuse to budge on vaccinate mandates despite state legislation, and the Southern Baptist Convention kicks off on Tuesday despite the controversy surrounding many of its leaders. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
New Jersey will officially celebrate its first Juneteenth on June 18. But it’s a state holiday, not a national one, at least not yet. A national Juneteenth commemoration would offer Americans of all backgrounds an opportunity to reflect on the painful legacy of slavery and remind us that America is a work in progress. It would create a platform to work together to overcome the fissures and divisions that still haunt us as a nation. The holiday of Juneteenth would be both a national celebration of freedom, as well as a reminder that the struggle for freedom continues.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
The city has promised a summer school slot for any New York City student who wants one, rather than just students who fell behind during the year. However, mass confusion has settled over many parents who were rejected from multiple summer school sites. The promise of no student being turned away seems to be a falsehood. The program, called Summer Rising is a combination of academics and field trip-like activities. Many parents were excited about the prospect and are now filled with anger that they were promised something that the city clearly knew they could not offer to everyone. Education department spokesperson Sarah Casasnovas said families will receive offers to attend another summer school site if they weren’t accepted to programs when they first applied. Casasnovas did admit some families will remain on waitlists for an extended period of time.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
A summertime ban on alcohol consumption at six recreation areas and parks across Connecticut has taken effect due to problems with unruly drivers. The ban went into effect immediately and will remain until August 25th. In recent summers, these parks and recreation areas have seen increased crowds drinking alcohol, and with that came a rise in “unruly behavior” from property damage to trespassing. This led to complaints from other visitors to the areas. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will enforce this ban.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
Carnival Cruise Line is pressing on with its summer plans, despite new legislation from Governor Greg Abbott. The cruise line previously announced two cruises would set sail from Galveston on July 3 and July 15, respectively, but would require guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before setting foot on the ship. Abbott announced he would sign a law banning businesses in Texas from asking for vaccine information. The cruise line said despite Abbott’s legislation they will go forward with needing a vaccine. However, unvaccinated guests can still board the ship but will have to get tested for COVID-19, wear a mask and follow other rules implemented by the cruise line.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
As Southern Baptists prepare for their biggest annual meeting in more than a quarter-century, accusations that leaders have shielded churches from claims of sexual abuse and simmering tensions around race threaten to once again mire the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. More than 16,000 voting delegates are pre-registered for the two-day gathering that starts on Tuesday. Southern Baptist Convention members have been a powerful force in conservative Republican politics for a generation. This year’s convention follows weeks of internal controversies stoked by leaked letters, secret recordings and video rebuttals.
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